2014 Favourites: Foundations & Concealers!

We are now at the final in my 2014 Favourites Series!  I’ve left foundations & concealers till last because I’ve found some corkers this year and was excited to share them!

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer: This is still my all time favourite concealer.  Full stop.  It has been a staple in my handbag for the past 3 years or so because the perfect colour for my pale skin, available for a great price on the high-street and perfect it covers all imperfections incredibly!

MAC Studio Fix Concealer:  I picked this up on a whim during a MAC shop visit on my birthday in the summer and used it for months afterwards.  It’s a heavy coverage concealer which is amazing for problem skin.  Now it does look extremely dark and orange compared to all the other products in this post (despite being an NC15) so I would only really use this in the summer but I love it!

MAC Full Coverage Foundation: This is one of my absolute favourite foundations which I’ve only just recently been able to get my hands on again because it was out of stock for months!  You can see the full review with before and after pictures here to see just why I love it.  It really great coverage for blemished skin but still manages to look natural!

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation: This has been my most used foundation of 2014.  It’s light, easy to wear, in a great colour range and doesn’t break me out at all.  Bobbi Brown have some real lovely base products to their name and I’m going to be reviewing them all properly in 2015.

Illamasqua Skin Base: At first I was unsure about this much raved-about foundation but I have grown to love and adore it.  I can’t express how much of a beautiful, flawless base it gives me, even when suffering with acne.  It comes in a massive range of shades for all skin tones and blends in gorgeously to the skin leaving airbrushed but not in a cakey one.  One thing though – I feel like it does slightly break me out, so I tend to only wear this now for special occasions.

There we have it – a complete run down of my favourite products from 2014.  Sorry they’ve dragged on a bit but I just had an awful lot to share!  I’m really excited for all the new product launches and discoveries this year so I hope you join me for another year of beauty reviews on my blog!

What were your favourite foundations/concealers of 2014? Let me know!




  1. January 22, 2015 / 9:47 am

    I definitely need to get my hands on some Bobbi Brown products this year, I'm very excited to try it!


  2. January 22, 2015 / 9:59 am

    What do you think about the La Mer Concealer? Do you know them? It´s now a little bit a hype in Germany about La Mer and it´s concealer has descriptions like "the one and only holy grail".

    Love, Iv

  3. January 22, 2015 / 10:25 am

    for me it's the double wear concealer and the laura mercier smooth finish flawless fluide

  4. January 22, 2015 / 10:33 am

    Great post Katie! Nice to hear your thoughts on some of these. My favourite foundation is my NARS Sheer Glow 🙂 x

  5. January 22, 2015 / 10:43 am

    I got matched to a MAC Pro Longwear concealer in November it was honestly the best decision I could have made – it's like my very own airbrush tool. But 2014's foundation standout for me was undoubtedly Smashbox's Liquid Halo – I absolutely fell in love with it!

    Loved reading about your picks, will definitely be sampling that Bobbi Brown next time I'm at a counter!

    Sinéad xo ♥ fabuleuse, toujours ♥

  6. January 22, 2015 / 11:38 am

    I really want to try the Illamasqua skin base foundation! x


  7. January 22, 2015 / 11:59 am

    The mac full coverage foundation is so amazing! I love the collection concealer too!


  8. January 22, 2015 / 1:02 pm

    Wonderful picks! MAC and Bobbi Brown are two of my favorite foundation brands.

  9. January 22, 2015 / 2:36 pm

    Ooh they all sound lovely – I hear great things about the Collection concealer!

    Josie XOXO
    Fashion Mumblr

  10. January 22, 2015 / 4:03 pm

    Great post, my personal favourite this year was the Chanel VitaLumiere, I loved that one!

    Kay, ohkay-dohkay.com xx

  11. January 22, 2015 / 4:23 pm

    love the collection concealer!

    Lauren| thatgirlcalledlauren.blogspot.co.uk

  12. January 22, 2015 / 5:03 pm

    Great post! I haven't tried any of these (at least I don't think) so will be definitely trying some out soon. I have a friend who is a makeup artist and she swears by the illamasqua skin base!

  13. January 22, 2015 / 5:49 pm

    Never tried any of these , I really want to try the NARS stuff. xox


  14. January 22, 2015 / 6:06 pm

    My favourite concealer of 2014 was probably Benefit Erase Paste or Boi-ing, they're so good at covering blemishes and scars x


  15. January 22, 2015 / 6:31 pm

    Bobbi Brown is on my must have brand to try in 2015 x


  16. January 22, 2015 / 10:45 pm

    I love your blog! Just discovered it today! <3

    The MAC Studio Fix Concealer is awesome! I bought the last June and I almost finished it!
    It's perfect for my skin because since I moved in UK my skin is a mess (different food, weather and stuff) and this concealer really helps me to cover perfectly all the blemishes!
    My fav foundation is the Pro Longwear Foundation by MAC, but it is quite heavy and I'm still looking for something lighter!

    See ya!



  17. January 23, 2015 / 12:31 pm

    I really need to try mac studio fix concealer! Heard some good things about it


  18. January 23, 2015 / 2:14 pm

    Hi Katie,

    Great post! My skin is so similar to yours even the color. It is oily, with blemishes and tend to break out. I tried Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation. I agree that it is light weight but the lavender essence causes itchy skin and my T-zone looks so oily even if I use a setting power. How do you use it?
    I currently own MAC Mineralize Foundation SPF 15 foundation for the full coverage. It is also very good. Did you try it? if yes, can you compare with MAC Full Coverage Foundation?

    Thanks a lot!



  19. January 24, 2015 / 4:20 pm

    Great post and choices but I'm pretty sure that's the Mac prolongwear concealer photographed not the studio fix which I think comes in a little pot. Both are awesome though

  20. January 24, 2015 / 8:12 pm

    I want to try the full coverage foundation so much!
    Great products!

    Summa x

  21. January 24, 2015 / 10:11 pm

    the collection one is my fave too; so affordable and so good! I never really bother trying any others because I just have this in 2 shades and it works for me for everything

    Jade x

    Girl Up North |UK Lifestyle Blog

  22. January 24, 2015 / 11:26 pm

    I really want to try a Bobbi Brown foundation, and this one sounds like my cup of tea, I always go for lightweight as I feel they sit and look way better on my skin. Also, I never thought about trying the Illamasqua one, but that is also going on my list! I've been looking for a new concealer, and the collection one is always raved about, but I've been trying to avoid the hype… Maybe I should just give in haha!

    Great review of them all 🙂
    Georgina x | miss petite

  23. January 25, 2015 / 4:46 pm

    All these products sound amazing! Have you tried any of the professional make up brands like Graftobian specifically designed for HD camera lenses? These brands are used for actors during filming and are formulated to look as natural as your own skin — their concealers are great! x


  24. January 26, 2015 / 7:22 pm

    I have to try that studio fix concealer. I haven't had much luck with MAC's skincare line- sometime I find it so cake-y. But I'm up to trying this!

    xx Lindsay

    wandering 20-something. // beauty & lifestyle blog.

    • February 22, 2015 / 11:02 am

      Some of their products are definitely very cakey but this one is amazing if you have blemishes that are a bugger to cover! xx

  25. January 29, 2015 / 7:49 pm

    I love the Collection concealer too, use it all the time (:

  26. January 30, 2015 / 2:49 pm

    We love the same foundation. You should also try Catrice Skin Illusion. Very similar to Bobbi.

  27. January 31, 2015 / 9:32 am

    I also love the collection concealer! Amazing, I use it all the time!



  28. February 3, 2015 / 7:26 pm

    Love the MAC Concealer!

  29. February 3, 2015 / 7:27 pm

    Love the MAC Concealer!

  30. February 20, 2015 / 3:34 pm

    I really don't get the hype around the Collection concealer, it oxidised so badly on me and even the lightest shade became too dark under my eyes. You have very pale skin to surprised to see it here : o

    • February 22, 2015 / 11:01 am

      Really surprised by this comment! I've never had trouble with any oxidisation with this product at all (but have with other concealers and foundations). The fairest shade stays perfect on me (I do always set with a translucent powder) and doesn't leave me orange at all! xx

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